Check Out This Deal At The St. Regis Langkawi

Earlier this year the St. Regis Langkawi opened. I’m a big fan of the St. Regis brand, and also love vacationing in Asian resorts in general, so this resort has been on my radar.

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However, when the resort finally opened I was shocked by the pricing. The hotel is a Category 7 SPG property, which is Starwood’s highest category. When I first looked at the hotel, paid rates were $600+ per night, which seems insane for the area.

While Langkawi is one of the nicer resort destinations in Malaysia, it’s not the Maldives or Bora Bora, so the pricing seemed a bit off.

So for a while I sort of wrote off this hotel due to its price, as I wasn’t about to spend 30,000 Starpoints or $600+ per night to stay here. However, totally randomly yesterday Ford brought up this property, and asked if I saw what a good value it is. I thought he was crazy, given the last time I checked rates at this hotel.

Well, I think it’s interesting to note that prices at this hotel have gone way down since it first opened. I’m now seeing rates of ~$260 per night. But it gets much better than that.

Ford has written in the past about Starwood’s Luxury Privileges program, which is the Starwood equivalent of Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels & Resort, Four Seasons Preferred Partners, etc. Typically by booking through an advisor who belongs to Luxury Privileges you get a room upgrade based on availability, free breakfast, and some sort of property specific amenity, like a $100 food & beverage or spa credit.

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Well, the Luxury Privileges benefits at the St. Regis Langkawi are by far the most generous I’ve ever seen:

  • Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 27, 2016; the promotion may not be repeated during stay. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
  • One 100 USD food and beverage or spa service credit per room, per night
  • Daily half board for two guests (choice of lunch or dinner)
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests
  • Complimentary standard in-room internet access
  • Complimentary round trip luxury limousine transfers
  • Access to St. Regis airport lounge on departure
  • Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability

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So you get a fourth night free, roundtrip airport transfer, half board, and daily $100 hotel credit. The Luxury Privileges rate is $280, so with the fourth night free you’re really paying ~$210 per night for a four night stay, and for that you’re getting half board, a $100 hotel credit per day, etc.

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That’s a heck of a deal, and at prices like that, the St. Regis Langkawi is once again on my radar. Now I just wonder when they’re going to drop the hotel’s category, as it definitely shouldn’t be a Category 7 property.

If you want to book a Luxury Privileges rate you’ll have to go through an eligible travel advisor. If you’re an advisor you can of course post your contact info below, or otherwise Ford is also happy to help, and can be reached at fordb@travelsociety.com.

Has anyone been to Langkawi before? Is it worth visiting?

Comments

  1. Stayed at the Andaman Langkawi in May 2015. The place is a dream and far less touristy/busy as many of the surrounding areas in SE Asia. Would totally recommend visiting, I would certainly go back!

  2. If you plan s trip to Langkawi, I strongly recommend you stay as well at The Andaman, LC Collection. The location is so beautiful in the middle of the rain forest and with a great beach. Location of Westin and St. Regis aren’t great with an unattractive beach.

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  4. My partner and I stayed at the Four Seasons Langkawi several years ago, and we absolutely loved the resort and beaches. It’s not Bora Bora or the Maldives, but don’t sell Langkawi too short. It’s a much less touristy, more luxurious option compared to Phuket / Koh Samui / Krabi. The trade-off (and the reason why it is a great alternative to the popular Thai islands) is because there is a ton less connectivity, so you are basically stuck transiting through SIN or KUL. The St. Regis deal sounds fantastic — I wish I could take advantage of it.

  5. Interesting deal! I’m going to be in the region in the first quarter of 2017 and I have some time to play with. If they repeat this type of deal, I’ll definitely have to plan a stay. Unfortunately, I’m booked for the rest of 2016. Looks terrific though!

  6. Don’t bother with this resort unless you can confirm a pool suite (which is not a standard suite for Platinum upgrades). While the Luxury Privileges package is an excellent value the resort as a whole is a big let down for a luxury resort in Southeast Asia. The ugly lagoon/ beach, confusing layout, tiny main pool, and service are all terrible. Food and beverage are extremely overpriced (Bloody Mary’s are $25…). Doesn’t even compare to other St. Regis resorts I’ve visited, such as Bali, Punta Mita, or Puerto Rico. Was a huge dissapointment for how much hype this property received in travel news/magazines.. Seems they built this property for conventions (convention center is within same compound). When I return to Langkawi I will be staying at the Four Seasons or Andaman.

  7. OMG!! OMG!! , you guys are panicking me, I have a St. Regis Langkawi booked for 2 nights in December using 10K + $180 per night , I booked it when it was still at category 6. Now the paid price looks better but you guys are saying Andaman, a category 5 is much better?

  8. I was just in Langkawi in April… and I was looking at various properties and various lagoons and beaches… all of them SUCK, except Tanjung Rhu and there are only 2 hotels on Tanjung Rhu, everything else you are likely to experience swampy surroundings and brackish water.

    I stayed at the Tanjung Rhu resort which is on the very low end of being acceptable. But the beach is prob the best on the island, so if you can overlook the other flaws this is the place to be.

    @Mileage Man , I have not stayed at the Andaman so I cannot tell if it is better than the St Regis but reading the reviews I chose not to stay there, I find it hard to believe how the St Regis could be worse at the price range posted here. For this value I am likely to give it a go. Even if it is not stellar like the usual St Regis we expect it cannot be worse value than the Andaman. So it is more about value and managing expectations.

  9. @ Mileage Man — The Andaman is much better in terms of location. It’s set on a beautiful beach in a preserved 10 million year old rain forest. There are giant squirrels, and a variety of monkeys that will come right up to your room. Totally unlike anywhere else I’ve ever stayed.

    Rooms have been renovated, but the property on a whole is not necessarily luxurious. It’s special, but you would want to manage your expectations of luxury.

  10. @ choi lu — He’ll get back to you shortly, give him a few hours as we’re traveling today. Thanks for your patience.

  11. @ Tiffany @ Jay – Thanks for that info. I think I’ll stick with St Regis, it cant be that bad especially if its now a Category 7. I changed my reservation to a paid rate as its way better than using 20K SPG points and $360.

  12. Hi! Great article and this deal is one of the best I have seen! Im a Starwood Luxury Privileges travel advisor and can help anyone book this amazing deal! I am also a Virtuoso partner, Four Seasons Preferred Partner and a few more!

    For booking requests, email me at clarita@foresttravel.com

  13. I agree with Tiffany and others that the Andamann is on the better side of the island. It’s right in the middle of the rain forest and in a nice beach.

  14. I was so tempted to book this hotel for my stay in Langkawi but I chose Datai because of the service reviews. When I was in Langkawi last week I dined there at the St Regis to check it out and see if I chose wrong (and I was tempted to book next time as the rates were so good). But the service was just as shocking just as the reviews say. Stunning hotel and facilities but the staff have no clue. Langkawi is beautiful, but stay at Datai as the service at St Regis is frustratingly bad.

  15. Haha some people are shamelessly plugging themselves in the comment… amusing… @mileageman I hope you are using some virtuoso agent you know the rates only make sense if you have 1/2 board and $100 credit a day 🙂

    I am definitely going to be checking this out with the hubby soon.

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